Mental health clinic finalist at HESTA awards

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Epworth Clinic’s Eating Disorders Team has been named as a finalist in the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards.

The Melbourne facility is one of three contenders in the Allied Health section of the Team Excellence category.

Its entry was recognised for transforming the care of consumers experiencing eating disorders within a general mental health unit. 

Having identified a higher-than-expected prevalence of eating disorders, the team created a new care pathway including critical pre-admission screening, supportive meal therapy and specialist referrals. 

The Camberwell-based clinic, part of the Epworth HealthCare group, now has a comprehensive eating disorder program, delivered by a team of nurses, allied health clinicians, psychiatrists and food service staff.

The team plans to provide professional supervision for all staff working with people with eating disorders and expand the service to improve patient support following discharge. 

The prestigious HESTA Excellence Awards recognise the extraordinary efforts of healthcare workers in four sectors – disability, allied health, aged care, and community services – with a total prize pool of $60,000.

There are 24 finalists across the Team Excellence and Outstanding Organisation categories, and the eight winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 24 November 2022.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said each finalist had demonstrated inspiring leadership, dedication, and a drive to improve care and support for Australians during challenging times.  

“HESTA is proud to help share the stories and amazing achievements of these wonderful finalists, who through their work each day demonstrate such care and compassion for Australian communities, improving health and wellbeing outcomes,” Ms Blakey said.  

“From delivering clinics and outreach street care for people experiencing homelessness, to supporting bereaved parents grieving the devastating loss of their baby, these professionals help our communities in their greatest time of need. I wish to acknowledge and thank every finalist for their critical work, and the people who nominated them.”  

For more information, visit HESTA’s awards website.

The 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards finalists:

Outstanding Organisation - Community Services  

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre - Fremantle WA  

Women’s Health & Family Services - Northbridge WA  

Zonta House Refuge Association - Willetton WA 

Team Excellence - Community Services  

Health on the Streets Team, Coast & Country Primary Care - Erina NSW  

Hoarding & Squalor Team, Catholic Healthcare - Macquarie Park NSW  

Treasured Babies volunteers, Red Nose Australia - Mooroolbark VIC  

Outstanding Organisation - Allied Health  

12 Points Psychology - Bayswater VIC  

Firstchance - Mayfield North NSW  

Little Wings Limited - Bankstown Aerodrome NSW  

Team Excellence - Allied Health  

Eating Disorders Team, Epworth Clinic - Camberwell VIC  

Mental Health Co-Responders, SA Health partnership - Oaklands Park SA 

The Baby Play Academy Team, Western Kids Health - Mount Hawthorn WA 

Outstanding Organisation - Aged Care  

ACH Group - Mile End SA  

Activus Transport, Just4Blokes program - Engadine NSW  

HealthX - Petrie Terrace QLD

Team Excellence - Aged Care  

Consumer Experience Team, St Vincent’s Care Services - Bowen Hills QLD

Falls Improvement Program Team, Brightwater Care Group - Inglewood WA

Specialist Community Palliative Care Team, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - Wollongong NSW  

Outstanding Organisation - Disability Services  

Jigsaw Australia - Frenchs Forest NSW  

Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre Inc. - Casino NSW

Loom Arts and Management - Coburg VIC  

Team Excellence - Disability Services  

‘Be with Me’ Navigators, Aboriginal Family Support Services - Adelaide SA  

Communication eXtra Team - Morphett Vale SA 

Down Syndrome Australia Health Ambassador Team - Armadale VIC

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